Ranji Trophy: Mayank Agarwal’s triple ton lights up Karnataka’s chances vs Maharashtra

first_imgKarnataka batsman Mayank Agarwal’s maiden First Class triple century was the lone highlight of the third day’s action of the Ranji Trophy round four as the tourists found them in a commanding position against Maharashtra on Friday.Agarwal, who was unbeaten on 219 on Thursday, notched up an unbeaten 304 off 494 balls that included 28 fours and four sixes to guide Karnataka to 628/5 declared at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here.The 26-year-old Agarwal had put on 259 for the opening wicket with R Samarth (129) on the second day before joining forces with Karun Nair to add 279. Nair, who was not out on 56 overnight, struck a century of his own, finishing with 116.Maharashtra, in reply, ended the day on 135/4 with Ruturaj Dasharath Gaikwad and Rahul Tripathi on the crease.In another Group A fixure, Uttar Pradesh piled up 224 runs in their second innings at stumps after bowling Delhi out for 269.With a crucial first innings lead in the bag, UP need to keep their composure and end up on the winning side eventually, unlike their first and third matches this season.Akshdeep Nath, unbeaten on 110, and Rinku Singh (64) played two crucial knocks for their team after the first three wickets had fallen with just two runs on the board. Skipper Suresh Raina, though, failed yet again and fell for a personal score of 16.In Group B, Saurashtra rode on India star Cheteshwar Pujara’s double century to score a mammoth 553 runs in their first innings before bowling out Jharkhand for 270.Ishank Jaggi high scored with 114 runs and Ishan Kishan smashed a half-century (59), but none of their fellow batsmen held on to help the team avoid following on.advertisementAfter being asked to follow-on, Jharkhand’s opener Md Nazim Siddiqui, with nothing to lose, started explosively and completed his half-century at a strike rate of over 150.However, with only one day of the play left, it’s highly unlikely that Saurashtra will let this one slip away and will hope to bowl Jharkhand out as soon as possible.In Group C, Mumbai had gained a healthy first innings lead against Odisha, thanks to Prithvi Shaw’s century and then a brilliant team effort to dismiss the hosts for 145.Subsequently, in their second innings, Siddharth Lad’s century ensured Mumbai give Odisha a mammoth total of 413 to chase. Ajinkya Rahane, though, fell for a duck in the second innings.In reply, Odisha had added 93 runs by the end of day’s play for the loss of four wickets. They still need 320 more runs on the final day to win the match.In Group D, pacer Ashoke Dinda’s five-wicket haul helped hosts Bengal bundle Himachal Pradesh for 206 in their first innings in reply to Bengal’s 419.In their second essay, HP are 207/2 at the end of the day’s play as the match looks to be heading for a tame draw.last_img read more

Drug users first responders share stories from the overdose crisis front lines

first_imgVANCOUVER – More than a month had passed before Antonette Rea found the note her young friend had written her before fatally overdosing earlier this year.“Thank you so much for saving my life,” Rea reads aloud to a crowd of 80 people packed into a community hall in the tony Vancouver neighbourhood of Kitsilano.“I love your dancing and your singing and sorry for using all of your nail polish and art supplies,” she continues, prompting laughter from the otherwise silent audience. She smiles and puts down the note: “I called her Jilly Bean. Jilly.”Rea was one of more than a half-dozen drug users and first responders based in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside who shared their stories with residents living elsewhere in the city over the past six weeks as part of a series of overdose awareness and prevention workshops.Monday evening’s gathering in Kitsilano was the last of six events aimed at delivering stories from the front line of British Columbia’s overdose epidemic.Jackie Wong helped facilitate the program, which was organized by the Overdose Prevention Society and Megaphone Magazine, a monthly publication sold by homeless and low-income vendors.It is important the overdose conversation happens beyond the Downtown Eastside, in neighbourhoods where drug use is not as public, Wong said.“I think that that’s where the conversation needs to move, … to places where people might be overdosing in private residences or quieter places because of the stigma that still is associated with them as a drug user.”Storytellers included people who survived the residential school system or various forms of violence and discrimination, those who experienced a traumatic childhood or worked in the sex trade.Rea is a transgender poet and playwright who has struggled with drug addiction and once worked as a prostitute in the Downtown Eastside. She said there is a good chance her friend Jilly Bean would be alive if she had overdosed in the Downtown Eastside instead of in North Burnaby, thanks to the lack of overdose-prevention training and resources outside of Vancouver’s hardest-hit neighbourhood.The hall was completely quiet as Samona Marsh spoke about the number of people she knows who have died from an overdose, including her feather in early 2017.“If I had one wish or magical wand, I would bring back everyone’s friends and families who passed away and make fentanyl non-existent,” said Marsh, who has lived in the Downtown Eastside for the past 25 years.She coined the term “fentanality” to refer to a fentanyl fatality.The workshops also included a training session on how to respond to an overdose, delivered by the Overdose Prevention SocietyKitsilano resident Deborah Buchanan volunteered to be shown how to administer naloxone by filling a syringe and injecting it into the leg of a stuffed toy gorilla.“I’m so happy I learned,” Buchanan said afterwards. “I need to know how to do this and help someone.“My son was involved in drugs, my middle son, and it kind of tore me apart, because I always thought, ‘I’m going to see you die one day and I don’t want to see that.’ “She said what she found most inspiring was hearing from the storytellers.Frederick Williams, a responder with the overdose prevention group, led the training session.He said it’s important that these events happen outside the Downtown Eastside because has turned into a city-wide epidemic.“It’s very important to have it come out to places like Kitsilano, Shaughnessy, all these higher-end neighbourhoods,” he said in an interview following the presentation. “They can’t put their head in the sand like an ostrich and think it’s going to go away, because it’s not.”— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more

NEW YEAR NEW DRAMA GLOBAL GEARS UP FOR THE SEASON 7 PREMIERE

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Click here for the latest promoTORONTO – Big Brother Canada is back! Global announced today the seventh season of its monster hit reality series Big Brother Canada premieres Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. The reality juggernaut returns to Global’s schedule three nights a week on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. ET/PT, Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Hosted by Arisa Cox, the award-winning series takes viewers on a wild ride filled with socially savvy, and not so savvy, houseguests, unpredictable twists, unforgettable challenges, and jaw-dropping drama.“We are so proud to be ushering in an all-new season of Big Brother Canada on Global,” said Maria Hale, Senior Vice President, Global Entertainment & Content Acquisition, Corus Entertainment. “With a new house and a whole new crop of houseguests, we can’t wait to bring viewers another hit season of the show they can’t get enough of. Growing its audience year over year, we take great pride in creating an unforgettable season filled with epic TV moments and even more snackable digital content for our hungry viewers.” Following a coast-to-coast casting call, Big Brother Canada plucks a group of hand-picked strangers from their homes, sequesters them from the outside world, and places them inside a house outfitted wall-to-wall with cameras and microphones that capture their every move. Competing for a grand cash prize, each week the houseguests battle in a series of challenges that give them power or punishment, voting each other out until the fate of the final two is decided by a jury of fellow houseguests.“We have planned the most epic and exciting season of Big Brother Canada and cannot wait to share it with our amazing fans,” said Executive Producer & SVP Erin Brock. “What we have in store for our batch of houseguests in Season 7 will be a wildly exciting ride that viewers will be talking about all season long!”Additional details about Season 7 of Big Brother Canada, including this season’s theme, houseguests, and the grand prize details, will be announced in the coming weeks.In anticipation of the premiere, fans can stream their favourite moments from Season 6 on GlobalTV.com, Global GO (now available on Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV) and stay updated on all things #BBCAN7 on BigBrotherCanada.ca. For Season 7, viewers can stream Big Brother Canada live on GlobalTV.com and Global GO by signing in with their TV service provider credentials or catch up the next day on GlobalTV.com, Global GO, and BigBrotherCanada.ca.While viewers anxiously await the electrifying new #BBCAN7 season, fans can watch the season two premiere of Big Brother: Celebrity tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Global. The star-studded series airs multiple nights over the course of three weeks, before a winner is crowned on Wednesday, February 13. For more information, including full schedule details, visit GlobalTV.com.Commissioned by Corus Entertainment, Season 7 of Big Brother Canada is produced by Insight Productions Ltd. in association with Corus Entertainment and Endemol Shine. Executive Producers are John Brunton and Erin Brock.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:#BBCAN7Twitter: @[email protected]  @GlobalTV_PR @CorusPRFacebook: http://www.facebok.com/BigBrotherCAhttps://www.facebook.com/GlobalTVInstagram: @[email protected] Television is a Corus Entertainment Network.Corus EntertainmentCorus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 44 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.About Insight Productions Ltd.Insight Productions, known for its award-winning ratings juggernauts, is Canada’s most established content producer and an industry leader in the development, financing, and production of hit programming, both scripted and unscripted, as well as digital content.  With thousands of hours of programming under its belt, the company has created some of the most dynamic and top-rated programs in the world including Big Brother Canada (for which Erin Brockserves as EP and Showrunner alongside EP John Brunton); The Amazing Race Canada; The JUNO Awards; Top Chef Canada; Intervention; and original formats including The Launch and Battle of the Blades. Insight’s scripted programming includes award-winning Ready Or Not; Falcon Beach; Hatching, Matching & Dispatching A Fury Christmas; But I’m Chris Jericho!; and The Jon Dore Television Show. In 2017, Insight produced The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration, a live concert special watched by one in three Canadians. Insight Productions was founded in 1979 and has since created thousands of hours of groundbreaking content.  For more information on Insight Productions, please visit www.insighttv.com or on Twitter – @insightprod. 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